The maximum mass of ideal white dwarfs

Chandrasekhar, S. (1931) The maximum mass of ideal white dwarfs Astrophysical Journal, 74 . pp. 81-82. ISSN 0004-637X

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The theory of the polytropic gas spheres in conjunction with the equation of state of a relativislically degenerate electron-gas leads to a unique value for the mass of a star built on this model. This mass (=0.9I ⊚) is interpreted as representing the upper limit to the mass of an ideal white dwarf.

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